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NCJ Number: 99773 Find in a Library
Title: Nationwide Survey of Restrictive Housing Bedspace in State Prison Systems
Corporate Author: Oklahoma Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Oklahoma Dept of Corrections
Oklahoma City, OK 73136
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document reports the results of a 1984 mail survey conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections of 49 States and the District of Columbia to ascertain proportions of prison beds designated as restrictive housing, types of restrictive housing, and the number of inmates housed in each.
Abstract: All States responded between April 16 - June 18, 1984. Survey results indicate that most States define restrictive housing to include protective custody, administrative segregation, and punitive segregation. Georgia reported the lowest percentage (2 percent) of restrictive housing space and the lowest percentage (2.3 percent) of inmates assigned to such housing. Montana had the highest proportion of inmates, 31.5 percent, assigned to restrictive housing and the highest percentage, 27.1 percent, assigned to such housing. Of the States surveyed, the average percentage of restrictive housing bedspace was 8.8 percent, and the average percentage of inmates assigned to restrictive housing was 8.2 percent. North Dakota had the least amount of prison bedspace, while Texas had the most. Of the survey respondents, 45 percent reported prison overcrowding. The survey questionnaire, differing definitions of restrictive housing used by some States, and tables are provided.
Index Term(s): Inmate segregation; Oklahoma; Prison overcrowding; State correctional facilities; State-by-state analyses
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